The President’s Message
- Kohji Miyazaki
- President of Saga University
Saga University recreated itself as a national university rooted and based in the Saga region by 1) restructuring the academic units for education and research into a total of six faculties and five graduate schools by creating the new Faculty of Art and Regional Design in April, 2016 and 2) adding the Arita Campus in Arita, Saga in April, 2017, which has been and is still famous for the industry of ceramic ware. Thus, we now have the Faculties of Education, Art and Regional Design, Economics, Medicine, Science and Engineering, and Agriculture; the Graduate Schools of School Education, Regional Design, Medicine, Engineering, and Agriculture.
By making use of these academic bodies and other attached facilities, including the Museum of Art, whose visitors have reached over 100,000, and also the Library, the Elementary and Junior high schools, the Hospital, and advanced research centers such as the Institute of Ocean Energy, we aim to be the center of intelligence that can solve a wide range of problems in local areas as necessary for development of the region. In particular, we are producing people adjustable to social changes, by promoting ICT education at Creative Leaning Center, which is recognized as a joint-sue educational facility, and Microsoft Innovation Center, which was set up in Microsoft Incorporated and related companies, preparing for the coming of the fourth Industrial Revolution.
From the history of Saga, we can learn many lessons from the work of our predecessors who played active roles toward the end of Edo period and at beginning of the Meiji Restoration. Under the strong leadership of wise ruler Naomasa Nabeshima, the Saga clan built the academic basics which supported the future development of Japan. They promoted Dutch studies and adopted Western civilization earlier than any other clan. In particular, the advanced technology the Saga clan had then acquired contributed to the development of Japan during the Meiji Restoration. So, it is no exaggeration to say that the industrial revolution in Meiji period started in Saga.
The former Mietsu Naval Dock in Saga, which constituted ‘the heritage of Japan’s industrial revolution in the Meiji era, including the iron, ship building and coal industries’, was registered as a World Cultural Heritage site in 2015. The Saga Clan made Japan’s first reverberatory furnace. Sano Tanetomi and other refiners created a steam engine and sent steamships and steam locomotives out into the world. The Saga Clan also first started the production of Japan’s tèlecommuncátion devices, which resulted in the Clan obtaining the largest amount of information on the Chinese Opium War.
Saga University expects every student to challenge him- and herself in the modern world far beyond the local context of the local university with innovative spirits and with a great pride in the history of the old Saga Clan. The faculties and the staff will work together in further developing the university with this new slogan: “To become an intellectual/regional center with global-minded individuals rich in artistic sensitivity and diversity.” We would appreciate your continuous support.